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Understanding the Impact of Spousal Factors on CRS Scores in Canadian Immigration

Publish Date: 16/02/2024

Having a spouse or common-law partner in your immigration application can impact your Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score, with both positive and negative effects.

Here's a breakdown of how the presence of a significant other can influence your CRS score:

Category A: Human Capital Factors

Age: Having an accompanying spouse or common-law partner may negatively impact your score for age. Applicants with an accompanying significant other can earn a maximum of 100 points, while those with a non-accompanying spouse can earn 110 points.

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Level of Education: The level of education of your spouse or common-law partner can affect your score. Applicants with an accompanying spouse or common-law partner can earn a maximum of 140 points, whereas those with a non-accompanying spouse can earn 150 points.

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Official Language Ability: Language proficiency in English and French is crucial. Having an accompanying significant other may reduce your score, with a maximum of 32 points per language skill for applicants with a spouse and 34 points for those without.

Below are the grids outlining this scoring weightage.
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Canadian Work Experience: Similar to education, the Canadian work experience of an accompanying spouse can impact your score. Applicants with an accompanying spouse can earn a maximum of 70 points, while those without can earn 80 points.

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Category B: Spouse or Common-law Partner Factors

Spouse's Level of Education: You can receive a maximum of 10 points based on your accompanying spouse's level of education, compensating for the potential reduction in points in Category A.

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Spouse's Official Language Ability: An additional 20 points are available for your spouse's language ability, considering only the first language. This compensates for the fact that the second language is not assessed for accompanying spouses.

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Spouse's Canadian Work Experience: An extra 10 points are awarded for your spouse's Canadian work experience, balancing the point allocation between those with accompanying and non-accompanying spouses.

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The Bottom Line:

  • The maximum number of CRS points achievable in Category A + Category B remains the same for those with an accompanying or non-accompanying spouse or common-law partner.
  • While including a spouse can lead to a reduction in some points under Category A, additional points in Category B can compensate for this.
  • The choice to include a significant other in the application is often non-negotiable, reflecting the importance of family in the immigration process.

Note: If your spouse or partner is already a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, you will earn points as if you don't have an accompanying spouse or partner. In such cases, spousal sponsorship may be an option.

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